Venture into the United States’ newest designated wine region nestled in the Lewis-Clark Valley to try some award-winning vintages on a historic and culinary adventure. Designated in just 2016, these 306,658 acres of picturesque, rolling vineyards are the valley’s third appellation and Washington State's 14th. Throughout, you’ll be joined by a local sommelier who also happens to be a historian and is ideally suited to illuminate all you see—and sample.
Cheers! One of the wineries we'll be visiting, Clearwater Canyon Cellars, was named “2020 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year” by Wine Press Northwest.
Day 1 - Disembark/Lewiston Wine and History Tour
Disembark the ship in the morning and transfer to the Hells Canyon Grand Hotel to meet your guide for the day.
Embark on a historical tour of downtown Lewiston to learn how Lewiston was founded. Visit the Nez Perce National Historic Park to explore the traditional home of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) people and see how they continued their ways of life during the European settlement of the United States. Continue to the Nez Perce County Historical Society and Museum where you will learn about the area’s history, including the Nez Perce, the Lewis and Clark Expedition of Discovery, the Camas Prairie Railroad, and river navigation.
Enjoy an olive oil and vinegar tasting experience followed by lunch at Ampersand Oil and Vinegar Taphouse. After lunch, cross the street to Vine 46, where a group of friends established a tasting room in an old service station located in downtown Lewiston. Sample their eclectic variety of red wines and small sampling of whites. Good the last drop, every one of their wines submitted to the 2018 Cascadia Wine Competition won a medal.
Continue to Clearwater Canyon Cellars, a vital part of the wine culture of the region. Their wine maker, Dr. Coco Umiker, Ph.D., is known throughout the industry, and has been invited to judge the prestigious Cascadia Wine Competition each year. Housed on Umiker Estates—owned by the Umiker/Nichols family who have farmed these lands for the last 100 years—the wines at this vineyard will not disappoint.
The remainder of the evening is on your own. Return to the Hells Canyon Grand Hotel or take a complimentary hotel shuttle to enjoy downtown Lewiston. (B,L,D)
Day 2 - Departure
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before meeting your shuttle to the airport for your return flight home. (B)
Costs & What's Included
Cost includes arrival and departure transfer, 1-night hotel accommodation, meals, guides, and transportation with group activities, as described in the itinerary.